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adults and families learning to quahog
Adults and families learn how to quahog during a Bay Adventure with the Coalition.

It's your Bay, so get outside and enjoy it! The Buzzards Bay Coalition offers unique, exciting outings for adults and families all year long as part of our commitment to connect communities with the outdoors. Our Bay Adventures get you outside to explore the Bay we all love.

Upcoming Bay Adventures

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Stories in the Snow

Each week in February

snow at the Bogs
Take a snowy storybook walk with your family at Minot Forest this February.

Take a StoryWalk® with your family at the Minot Forest Trails this February. Follow the trail and read a new page around each bend.

Each week, the Coalition in partnership with the Tri-Town Libraries and the Minot Forest Trails Committee will post a new story that embraces the beauty of winter. Visit this trail anytime between dawn and dusk for a self-guided family adventure.

Location

Minot Forest (63 Minot Ave., Wareham)

Cost

Free

Seal and Seabird Watch

seals resting on a rock in the water
Take a heated boat ride around Woods Hole to view seals and seabirds on the water.

Join the Coalition for a heated boat tour to look for harbor seals and winter seabirds on Woods Hole. Begin at the Buzzards Bay Discovery Center, where guests will learn about harbor seals and their life in Buzzards Bay and beyond. Then board the M/V Richard Edwards to search for these playful mammals on the water. Binoculars provided.

Location

Buzzards Bay Discovery Center (21 Luscombe Avenue, Woods Hole)

Dates and Times

  • Saturday, Feb. 28 • 12-2pm
  • Saturday, March 14 • 10am-12pm
  • Saturday, March 28 • 11am-1pm

Cost

  • Members: $20
  • Nonmembers: $30
  • Children under 12: $15

Wednesday Walkabouts

Wednesdays: March 11, 18, and 25 • 9-10:30am

woman walking through the woods
Take a walk through the woods in your community on one of these Wednesday morning walks in March.

Come join the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Wareham Land Trust for a morning stroll through conservation areas in Rochester and Fairhaven. Not only is walking outdoors great exercise for your body and mind, but you’ll also learn about history and ecology along the way.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Vernal Equinox Sunset Walk

Friday, March 20 • 6:30-7:30pm

sunset at Gooseberry Island
Watch the sunset over Buzzards Bay on this free evening walk at Gooseberry Island. (Image: Dennis Wilkinson/Flickr)

Watch the first sunset of spring during this free walk around Gooseberry Island, one of Westport’s hidden gems.

Location

Gooseberry Island, Westport

Cost

Free

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers

Wednesdays: April 1, 8, 15, and 22 • 10-11am

young family walks along the beach
Explore a beach, a salt marsh, and a forest with your young family during Itty Bitty Bay Explorers.

Get your little ones to discover the outdoors through Itty Bitty Bay Explorers, a series of four free outings on Wednesdays in April in Wareham, cohosted with the Wareham Land Trust. Through fun games, stories, and hands-on activities, your whole family will learn about Buzzards Bay’s animals, plants, and habitats.

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers is recommended for families with young children. We encourage you to attend all four programs, but it is not required. During outdoor exploration days near the water, families should dress to get wet and sandy/muddy.

Dates and Locations

Cost

Free

Vernal Pool Exploration

Saturday, April 11 • 10-11:30am

kids exploring a vernal pool
Bring your friends and family to explore a vernal pool, a unique spring wildlife habitat in the woods.

Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) for an exploration of a vernal pool at Parsons Reserve in Dartmouth. Coalition and DNRT staff will lead participants on a hike through the reserve to introduce the group to the property’s vernal pool and its interesting inhabitants. As a bonus, the hike will wind past the property’s daffodil field, where thousands of daffodils bloom each spring. Be prepared for moderate walking on uneven terrain, rain or shine.

Location

DNRT Parsons Reserve (Horseneck Road, Dartmouth)

Cost

Free

Family Exploration Vacation

Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 • 10-11am

children outdoors during a family exploration program
Learn about life on the river and in the fields during these two free family explorations in Westport.

Get your family outdoors during April vacation! Join the Coalition for a series of two free outdoor exploration programs at Westport Town Farm. On Tuesday, April 21, we’ll learn about fishing knots and build our own fishing poles! On Wednesday, April 22, we’ll trek across the farm’s field trails on an adventure to discover plants and animals that live in our region in spring.

Dates and Locations

First Friday Watershed Trail Run

Friday, May 1 • 7-8am

trail through woods
Join a group of dedicated runners for the Watershed Trail Running Series, held on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November at a different trail around the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Join us on the first Friday morning of each month from May to November for the watershed trail running series, open to runners of all abilities! Explore the trails and enjoy the spectacular outdoors in the morning with a group dedicated to promoting the use of pre-scouted trails across the Buzzards Bay watershed.

Dates and Locations

  • Friday, May 1: 4-mile run at DNRT Destruction Brook Woods (meet at parking area at 201 Slades Corner Rd., Dartmouth)
  • Friday, June 5 (location TBD)
  • Friday, July 3 (location TBD)
  • Friday, August 7 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Sept. 4 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Oct. 2 (location TBD)
  • Friday, Nov. 6 (location TBD)

Spring Nature Photography Walk

Saturday, May 16 • 3-5pm

pond in spring
Take a spring walk along a nature trail during this free nature photography walk in New Bedford.

Join the Coalition and the Whaling City Camera Club for a nature photography walk at Flora Peirce Nature Trail in New Bedford. We will explore the forested trail, vernal pool, and pond to find beautiful spring scenes to capture in photographs.

Location

Flora Peirce Nature Trail, New Bedford (meet at trailhead on Falmouth Street)

Cost

Free

Women in Waders

Thursdays: May 21, 28, and June 4 • 6-7:30pm

women in waders in a stream
Don a pair of waders and go quahogging, crabbbing, and searching for water bugs during these fun, free adventures for ladies in May and June.

Ladies of Buzzards Bay: Join our female education staff for a series of three exciting adventures that will keep you learning, laughing, and discovering new things about yourself and about Buzzards Bay. We will explore ways to get up close and personal with nature in a safe and supportive environment.

Women of all ages are welcome to these free programs. (Ladies under 15 years old must be accompanied by an adult.) Waders and other equipment will be provided, or you are welcome to bring your own.

Dates and Locations

Thursday, May 21: "Seeking Shellfish"
Silvershell Beach (end of Front Street, Marion)

Don a pair of waders and hop into the Bay! You’ll learn how to use a clam rake to dig for quahogs at low tide and try your hand at shucking a clam yourself. This will be a “dig and release” activity unless you have a valid Marion shellfish permit.

Thursday, May 28: "Bugging Out"
The Bogs, Mattapoisett

Love bugs? Hate bugs? Either way, you’ll be amazed at the diversity of life that exists at the edge of the Mattapoisett River. We’ll put you in waders and send you out in search of aquatic macroinvertebrates (aka “big water bugs”). You’ll learn about the interesting adaptations of these unusual creatures, many of which you may have never seen before!

Thursday, June 4: "Crazy About Crabs"
Little Harbor Beach (end of Little Harbor Road, Wareham)

Beautiful savory swimmer – that’s the translation of the scientific name for the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus. You’ll learn about this beautiful but feisty crab as you try to lure a few to the shore. You’ll also master techniques of picking up an energetic crab without getting pinched! (Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and muddy.)

Cost

Free

Frogs at the Bogs

Friday, May 29 • 7-8pm

toad
Learn how to identify the sounds of frogs and toads during Frogs at the Bogs.

Listen to the melodic sounds of frogs and learn a few fun facts about them during this guided evening walk at The Bogs in Mattapoisett.

Location

The Bogs, Mattapoisett

Cost

Free

Learn to Quahog

Saturday, May 30 • 10am-12pm

a family quahogging
Learn how to quahog during this free Bay Adventure in Fairhaven.

Join the Coalition at Round Cove on West Island to learn how to harvest your own quahogs. We'll teach you the basics of local quahogging — what you need, how to do it, and where to go. This event will be fun and educational for the whole family.

Location

Round Cove, West Island (approximately 224 Dogwood St., Fairhaven)

Cost

Free